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Georgia 2018 Race

Early Voting:
Monday, April 30, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Gubernational Candidates

Stacey Abrams (D), Endorsed

A barrier-breaking advocate for reproductive health.

There are folks who don’t think it’s time for a black woman to be governor of any state, let alone a state in the Deep South. But there’s no wrong time for a black woman to be in charge.

Stacey Abrams

Source: Mother Jones

This November, Georgians have the chance to elect Stacey Abrams as governor. An Ivy League-educated lawyer and a proven champion for women and families, Abrams has a vision for Georgia that gives everyone the freedom and opportunity to thrive. If elected, Stacey Abrams would be the first Black woman governor in this nation’s history, period.

Abrams’ vision for Georgia is one in which everyone has control over their health and rights. And her legislative record shows that as governor, she’ll do everything she can to make that vision a reality. She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates.

Why We Support Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams on the Issues:

Abortion

Georgia has some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country, including a 20-week ban, and an invasive biased “counseling” law that includes a restrictive 24-hour waiting period law –– both of which are designed to block people’s access to reproductive health care. To make matters worse, the majority of Georgia women live in counties without any abortion provider, meaning they must sometimes travel hundreds of miles and many hours in order to receive care. The state’s health care exchange plan also prohibits coverage of abortion, with exceptions only to save the woman’s life or if her health is severely compromised.

In the Georgia state legislature, Abrams consistently opposed measures to restrict access to reproductive health care. In 2012, Abrams fought to keep a bill that limited insurance coverage for abortions from coming to a vote in the House. She led the fight to block the state’s dangerous 20-week abortion ban. She also voted against a measure to fund fake health centers, which often give patients inaccurate information about abortion.

In 2011, the Nation applauded Abrams for being “one of the few things standing between the women of Georgia and some of the strangest and most awful anti-abortion laws we’ve ever seen.” Abrams not only fights to protect reproductive health care, but also takes proactive steps to expand it.

Access to Health Care

As governor, one of Abrams’ first priorities would be to expand Medicaid in Georgia, which 75 percent of Georgians support. This would bring health care to hundreds of thousands of people, keep rural hospitals’ doors open, and ensure women have access to the care they need.

Birth Control

Abrams supports access to contraception and understands that birth control is basic health care. She stated that as governor, she will “continue to ensure women have access to a full range of reproductive health services so they have the freedom and opportunity to thrive.”

Health Equity for All

As governor, Abrams will fight for everyone in the Peach State — no matter who they are or where they come from. She stated that she is “committed to fighting for all Georgians’ access to reproductive health care services, paid family leave, and protections from pregnancy discrimination.”

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Abrams stands for every person's ability to make their own health care decisions and will fight to protect care provided at Planned Parenthood health centers. When Abrams served in the state legislature, she led the fight against the state’s 20-week abortion ban. She also voted against a bill that funded fake women’s health centers, which spread misconceptions and misinformation about abortion. No wonder Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates has given Abrams its endorsement and has honored Abrams with the organization’s “Living Legends” award.

Grand Canyon State voters overwhelmingly support Planned Parenthood, and as senator, Sinema will fight to protect Planned Parenthood health centers and their patients, no matter what.

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